I'll try them sometime.What about Mast Coffee at Shuter and Dalhousie. Have you tried it? I haven't been in yet, but have wondered when passing it by. Presumably the closure of the Starbucks will be a boon to nearby Mast.
I'm not really trying to standing up for the corporate chain over independents, but I just want a consistent, decent if not great, brewed coffee, ready. Starbucks does that for me, where independents are hit and miss for regular coffee and they can be really slow, with really inconsistent service.
My biggest complaint are the seat-hoggers. If I go into a Starbucks, want to sit down, sip a coffee for 10-15 minutes and maybe check emails/social media. But there's nowhere to sit because every table is occupied by someone with their laptop, many of whom have finished their beverage or food a long time ago, and some who didn't even order anything. I know they're trying for a laid-back atmosphere where you're welcome to linger, but there should be a reasonable limit to that.Oh boy do i hate the slow moving line ups at some Starbucks! Starbucks needs two separate lines, a line for people that want coffee, and a line for people that order the most complicated thing on earth. ( Can i get a venti, half-whole milk, one quarter 1%, one quarter non-fat, extra hot, split quad shots (1 1/2 shots decaf, 2 1/2 shots regular), no foam latte, with whip, 2 packets of splenda, 1 sugar in the raw, a touch of vanilla syrup and 3 short sprinkles of cinnamon)